Solde d’été/ French summer sale

Hello, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to tell you about shopping. In France, there are two official sales, one in summer and the other one in winter.

The official summer sale in 2019 kicks off on 26th June. When you walk around the town, however, you already see many shops on sale. Usually two weeks before the official solde, most shops participate in pre-solde (or avant -premières) for its membership customers. This is a good opportunity to shop before solde, because the shops are less busier than solde time in pre-solde period.

Instead of saying the percentage of the sale, in most shops use stickers in different colors to show it. What I’ve noticed, not all the shops explicitly tell you what those colors mean. Some shops put a panel or a board saying the meaning of those colorful dots, but not all of them. The clerk will happily answer to you when you ask. But if you feel pressure to purchase things when clerks are following you and explaining every single detail of the items to you (I do!), you wouldn’t ask unless you’re really into that item.

So, how those colorful dots work? Usually there are 4~6 colors. The meaning of the colors can be slightly different, but usually the shops use the same meaning.

Orange stickers -> 20 % off

Light green stickers -> 30% off

Light blue stickers -> 40% off

Yellow stickers -> 50% off

Purple/grey/black -> 60~70 % off

As I mentioned above, the stores start their sale two weeks before the official day. Thus, this summer pre-sale has already begun on 12th June. I’ve been to few shopping malls to look around, and already there were more people than before even if it was in the middle of the week. If you have a shopping list, it’s the time to go shopping.

On the other hand, the shops want to clear their stock as time goes by, thus if you wait more you might get things with cheaper price. The price goes down three times during the solde period. But there’s no guarantee the items you like will still be on stock if you wait too long. Having experienced solde third time (and this is my 4th), it seems like that s/m sized basic items tend to be sold out quickly.

Enjoy your shopping and see you soon 🙂

Practical Info.

Pre-solde : 12th June – 25th June *for membership holders

Solde : 25th June – 6th August (normally, new markdown price is offered every 2 weeks)

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